Category Archives: Classroom Environment

The Power of Gooooozfraba

“On the website it says to use a minimum of three sources and a minimum is usually a C so to get an A….” I pressed my lips together and closed my eyes inhaling deeply through my nose.  The student … Continue reading

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10 Days: An Emotional Roller Coaster

Ten days ago I started school.  I met my 33 first graders for the first time.  I set routines, learned about my students, met their parents, established a workshop model…now I am on strike.  The emotional highs and lows of … Continue reading

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Class Meetings Matter

Class meetings matter.  I understand that sometimes there are not enough minutes in the day. I realize that we have to make choices each week how to best use our instructional time.  After a series of shortened weeks, I feel … Continue reading

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Day 6: A Tour Through My Room

I’m in a good place with my room.  It’s not done.  But it’s getting there.  I thought that today I would post some pictures and break down my rationale for why I have things  the way they are and possible … Continue reading

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Day 1: Rituals

Rituals are special. They are something that you revisit and they are unique to your classroom community. Every year I establish rituals with my class.  Some are purposeful and some just happen as an organic response to the day to … Continue reading

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15 Days of Back to School!

  Today I’m launching my 15 days of back to school posts!  I’m not sure why I chose 15, it seems like a good round number.  I’ll be writing about back to school routines, establishing classroom communities, planning curriculum for … Continue reading

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Classroom Feng Shui

I place a great deal of value on classroom environment.  I’m always looking for a way to keep my classroom fresh and place an emphasis on student comfort and usability.  It’s taken me years and countless grants from Donors Choose … Continue reading

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Thinking About Technology and Revolutions

I’ve been thinking a lot about technology lately.   There seems to be a wide range of opinions about which technology to use, how often, and what the benefits are for students.  The fact is, we are blazing the trails of … Continue reading

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